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I'm moving at the end of the month and feel very sad at the prospect of having to leave all my compost behind. It's not all completely rotted, but most of it is. It seems a shame to leave all that beautiful soil behind just because I'm moving when it will be a wonderful substrate for next year's growth. Does anyone have any tips on moving the stuff, any particular types of bag that would work well etc.?

Thanks in advance.
 
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We put ours in large thick plastic bags, they were 25-50 litre bags. The bags were empty sand (25 litre) or poultry feed bags (50 litre ones- I couldn't quite lift these when full).

It was incredibly messy, and we did it at about this time of year- so the compost was all really wet (and extra heavy!). We moved about 2 cubic meters of compost, it took 2 van-loads to get it to the new house!

Made loads of really good raised beds in the new place though. Worth it!
 
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Perhaps find someone with a tipper/flat bed and do it loose? Got a local tree surgeon you could give a few quid/beers to? They usually have a tipper to move wood chips.

If you are moving a large distance I'd be cautious about taking compost with you. Some tree diseases can survive the composting process and you don't want to be responsible for introducing a pathogen.
 
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Thanks both for the tips. I think I might be able to get away with sand bags in this instance, so I will give it a go... The place I'm moving to has very poor, London clay soil, so I'm keen to give it a boost!
 
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I've had to do this, I feel your sorrow. I used plastic tote bins to move mine, the large opening is easy to fill and the lid keeps it in place, a bonus is that they are easier to move when full since you can pick the right size for your arms and ability to lift.
 
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